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Why Players are Tossed From Faceoff Circle

Former NHL referee Kerry Fraser provides answers at TSN:

The reason players are being ejected more frequently is due to a tightening of the standard imposed upon linesmen to reflect a zero tolerance for face-off “cheaters!” The linesmen take this element of their job very seriously, knowing full well the importance of conducting a fair face-off; especially in crucial areas of the ice. The last thing they want to do is impact the outcome of a game should a goal result from a bad face-off. In recent years additional markings on and around the end zone face-off dots have been added to ensure players line up square to one another and place their sticks on a white marking on the outer edge of their respective side of the dot.

Gaining player cooperation goes a long way in conducting fair face-offs and reducing player ejections. The best linesmen solicit cooperation through dialogue before players even set their positions at the dot.

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PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

I think part of why it is happening so much is how poor the linsemen are at faceoffs.  does the league provide ANY training?

I can’t count the number of times I’ve thought to myself “OMG just drop the puck!”  they stand there fake dropping it like they’re trying to trick the players.  so annoying.

what gets me is that I have never once seen them actually call a penalty on the second try.  they play their “haha you thought I was going to drop it” game, throw one player out…then when the replacement comes in they just drop it instantly.  why don’t they just drop it instantly the FIRST TIME?!

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 04/30/11 at 07:59 PM ET

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